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Why does my shoulder hurt?

Pain usually indicates that there is a physical damage associated with inflammation and swelling. Very rarely pain may occur without any physical damage. The common causes for shoulder pain are impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tear, calcium deposit, arthritis, frozen shoulder or instability of shoulder joint or biceps tendon. Pain can also be referred from neck.

Why do I get ‘dead-arm’ feeling?

‘Dead-arm’ feeling generally means that the ball of the shoulder is not centred to the socket. This occurs when the shoulder ‘subluxes’ (partial ‘dislocation’) and is half in and half out. The arm feel limp and refuses to move. One can also get occasional neurological symptoms associated with this. Read more about shoulder dislocation here.

What is an impingement syndrome?

This is a condition when the tendons of the shoulder joint are ‘pinched’ in the tunnel formed by shoulder blade and the arch ligament. A detailed discussion is found in the impingement syndrome pages.  

What is  a calcium deposit?

This is a condition when calcium accumulates within the substance of the tendon. When it starts to leak out it can be exquisitely painful. Sometimes the pain is very severe and some women who have suffered with this condition have felt that it is worse than giving child birth.More information is available in other conditions pages.

What is a frozen shoulder?

It is condition when the lining membrane of the shoulder forms inappropriately excessive scar tissue and painfully limits the range of the movement of the shoulder. Read about frozen shoulder here.

What is a rotator cuff?

These are group of tendons around the shoulder. It is ‘rotator’

because it either initiates or generates rotation couple forces

around the shoulder which results in movement. It is ‘cuff’ because

like the cuff of a shirt it is not complete and there is a gap in the

lower end of the joint where there is no tendon. The muscles from the shoulder blade seamlessly turn into tendons which in turn attaches to

the bone of the arm at the joint level.   

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